I'm not sure why Tosca doesn't get more love on these boards, but nowadays when I make a trip to DC, I almost always have to put it on the itinerary.
Tosca, surprisingly, isn't flashy in a town where so many restaurants try so hard to standout to attract the corporate expense account diners. Tosca eschews such garishness. Instead focusing on using quality fresh ingredients in a simple classic way that's elevated to new heights by confident and masterful cooking skills
This past week we had the degustation menu, and at $95 (without wine pairing) it was a fabulous bargain.
Rabbit ragu and the risotto were the definite highlights of the dinner. The ragu was silky rich and surprisingly sweet without being off-putting (from the carrots no doubt). And the pasta that was dressed with ragu? Handmade, perfectly chewy and just perfect in every single way. A knockout dish if there ever was one.
We were allowed to sub out the dessert with no hassles (got the tiramisu instead of the tart). One might think that tiramisu is so played-out and hackneyed that it couldn't be anything worth writing home about. Well, as a fanatic of tiramisu, this is one of the best iterations I've ever had. Came layered in a single cup, with each layer being more complex and flavorful than the next. Fabulous, just fabulous.
Great all around meal, and the service was impeccable.